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Pet of the Week

NHS Adoptable Pet of the Week

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Northshore Humane Society‘s adoptable pet of the week:

Nutter Butter

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If you are interested in Nutter Butter or any of the other adoptable animals at Northshore Humane Society, please email rescue@nshumane.org today!

Non Profit Spotlight

“Fine Wine for Canines” a Success for Northshore Humane Society

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From the Northshore Humane Society:

pictured left to right: Kim Coogan, Ann Blum, NHS President Jerry Coogan, Mandeville Councilman Dr. Skelly Keller, NHS Board Director Eric McVicker

First fundraiser since the pandemic a success for homeless animals in our community! 

On Monday, January 25th Gallagher’s 527 in Mandeville hosted Fine Wines for Canines, a charity dinner and wine pairing to benefit the homeless animals of Northshore Humane Society. The limited capacity and socially distant evening included a five-course dinner, each course with an exquisite wine pairing. Patrons also took advantage of a cash bar before dinner and bid on several silent auction pieces all to benefit the no-kill rescue and community veterinary clinic.

pictured left to right: NHS Board Member Andre Judice, Todd Judice & NHS Board Member Alicia Wood

“This was the first fundraising event since the start of the pandemic so we are extremely grateful for everyone who attended and participated,” said Northshore Humane Society CEO, Scott Bernier. “It was also great to catch up with supporters of our organization who we have not seen (except virtually) for quite some time,” he added.

pictured left to right: Rhonda Eckholdt, NHS Board Member Eileen Hodgins, Claire Durio & Stephen Algero

This evening and future Fine Wines events will not only help the homeless animals of Northshore Humane Society, they will assist local restaurants at this critical time following a pandemic. Keep an eye on the humane society’s website and social pages for upcoming Fine Wines and charity dinner nights in 2021!

pictured left to right: NHS COO Shawn Williams, Ann Blum, NHS Director of Operations Alexandra Coogan & NHS Vice President Scott Discon

Learn how you can adopt, donate or get involved at www.northshorehumane.org

NHS Board Member, Jennifer Lacoste & husband Stevin Lacoste
Kit Knight, NHS Vice President Scott Discon and Kim Coogan
Janel Martin & Celeste Brown
Local Events Non Profit Spotlight

Friends of the Library Valentine’s Book Sale this Saturday

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The Friends of the Library West St. Tammany announces a book sale on Saturday, January 30th, 2021, from 9 am to 4 pm. They are hosting the event at their new location, 1301 N Florida St. in Covington, near the fairgrounds.

In addition to offering low prices on all items, the FOTL is holding a special sale of all paperback romance fiction at 10 books for $1 in anticipation of Valentine’s Day. Other selections such as children’s books, hardbacks, CDs and DVDs will also be discounted. State and Parish COVID mandates will be in force.

The Friends of the Library is a non-profit organization that uses its funds to supplement the Parish Library’s annual budget, purchase equipment, and support projects at the West St. Tammany branches. Books retired from the shelves of the Parish Library system and donated books and media from the community are sold by the non-profit FOTL to the public at low prices.

Learn more here: www.sttammanylibrary.org

Art Event

Underpainting & Layers: Free Pastel Demo at St. Tammany Art Association

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The St. Tammany Art Association hosts a free demo this Saturday, January 23, with local artist Dawn Koetting. “Underpainting and Layers”, a demonstration exploring pastel techniques, is in conjunction with their current exhibit the Degas Pastel Society 18th Biennial National Exhibition. This exhibit is on display at the STAA Arthouse, 320 N. Columbia Street, through January 30th, 2021.

Due to attendance restrictions, space is limited for this free demo. Please click the link below to register for this event.

From St. Tammany Art Association:

Underpainting and Layers In Pastel with Dawn Koetting

Saturday, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm, January 23, 2021

The demonstration will center around the different types of underpaintings used in pastel and how they visually affect the finished piece. Watercolor, pastel with mineral spirits, and pan pastel on a warm, neutral toned paper will be featured.

Dawn Koetting began painting in pastel 14 years ago. A recently retired veterinarian, she has enjoyed this time to continue pursuing her passion in pastel, taking a wide variety of workshops from nationally acclaimed artists. Her works have been exhibited at the National Arts Club in NYC and in the IAPS ( International Association of Pastel Societies ) biennial convention show, as well as at the Butler Museum of American Art in Youngstown, OH and the Lulu and Paul Hilliard Museum of Art in Lafayette, LA. She holds signature membership in the Degas Pastel Society and the Pastel Society of America.

“My art centers around bringing into view the simple beauty that surrounds us. Hectic, hurried lifestyles have people rushing past scenes and objects that have a certain beauty if one just takes the time to look. I enjoy painting the landscape en plein air ( on location) and am especially drawn to the patterns and colors of the agrarian landscape, the majestic live oaks, and the waterways meandering across our area. The repeating oval patterns of rusty tire rims and water lily leaves also seem to hold a special attraction and are seen in multiple works. Pastel is my main medium due to its direct application of almost pure pigment. My technique combines drawing and painting, layer upon layer, allowing the texture of the surface and that of the strokes of pigment to show through. I utilize different techniques of underpainting depending on subject and circumstance.”

Spaces are limited! Register for this demo here: www.sttammany.art/dawn-koetting

About STAA

The mission of the St. Tammany Art Association is to provide quality programming and cultural enrichment to the community, to support established artists, promote emerging artists, and produce educational arts related activities for adults and children and in doing so enhance life in St. Tammany Parish.

Learn how you can get involved today! www.sttammany.art

Local Events Volunteer Opportunity

KCB’s Arbor Day 2021 Celebration: Tree Seedling Give-Away January 23rd at the Farmers’ Market

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Keep Covington Beautiful will celebrate Louisiana Arbor Day with the annual seedling tree give-away at the Covington Farmers Market on Saturday, January 23, 2021, from 9:00 a.m. until noon, or until the seedlings are all given away. One hundred of each of the following bare-root seedlings will be available – Dahoon Holly, Catalpa, Tuliptree and Cherrybark Oak. Please wear a mask or face covering when visiting our tent.

Volunteers are needed to help wrap the seedlings and hand them out. If you can help, please email info@keepcovingtonbeautiful.org.

Join KCB in the celebration of Arbor Day and the natural beauty that surrounds us. To learn more about our projects, become a member or volunteer, visit www.keepcovingtonbeautiful.org or contact KCB at 985-867-3652 or info@keepcovingonbeautiful.org. Follow us on Facebook.

Local Events Volunteer Opportunity

Keep Covington Beautiful Arbor Day Tree Seedling Give-Away

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From Keep Covington Beautiful:

Arbor Day 2021 Celebration: Tree Seedling Give-Away January 23rd

Keep Covington Beautiful will celebrate Louisiana Arbor Day with the annual seedling tree give-away at the Covington Farmers Market on Saturday, January 23, 2021, from 9:00 a.m. until noon, or until the seedlings are all given away. One hundred of each of the following bare-root seedlings will be available – Dahoon Holly, Catalpa, Tuliptree and Cherrybark Oak. Please wear a mask or face covering when visiting our tent.

Volunteers are needed to help wrap the seedlings and hand them out. If you can help, please email info@keepcovingtonbeautiful.org.

Join KCB in the celebration of Arbor Day and the natural beauty that surrounds us. To learn more about our projects, become a member or volunteer, visit www.keepcovingtonbeautiful.org or contact KCB at 985-867-3652 or info@keepcovingonbeautiful.org. Follow us on Facebook.

Local News Non Profit Spotlight

Donation Opportunities for the Covington Community

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November is traditionally a month of giving, and many in our community have suffered hardships this year. Thankfully there are a number of organizations in our area designed to help our local neighbors.

Donate Food & Gently Used Household Items to the Northshore Food Bank

The Northshore Food Bank and it’s Resale Shop have undergone some changes in the past year, both expanding to larger locations to meet the demands of our growing community and outer areas. Each year, the Northshore Food Bank distributes over 1 million pounds of food to the residents of St. Tammany and Washington parishes. This year the Food Bank saw an increase of more than 110% in the number of individuals and families they serve due to COVID.

Want to help? You can donate food directly to to Food Bank at their new location, 125 W 30th Ave, Covington, LA. Donation hours are Monday, Tuesday, Thursday from 9a-12p at the Community Donations door, facing W 29th Ave. You, your business or place of work can also host a Food Drive! Learn more here: https://northshorefoodbank.org/donate-food

The Northshore Resale Shop accepts donations of gently-used clothing and accessories, household items, appliances and furniture. Funds from the Resale Shop go directly towards purchasing food for the Food Bank. Learn more at https://northshorefoodbank.org/resale.

Knights of Columbus Coat Drive

Our local Knights of Columbus are collecting small children’s (toddler – 12 years old) coats for distribution to those in need. Jackets in good shape may be dropped off at the collection box at Acquistapace’s Grocery or the Children’s Dental Cottage in Madisonville.

Covington Police Department Toy Drive

The Caroline Darby’s Christmas Wish, formerly known as Covington Police Toys for Tots was started in 1995 by Sgt. Wayne Mayberry and the Marines along with a host of CovPD employees, mainly Caroline Darby.

An average of 500 children attend this event annually. It takes about 6 to 8 thousand dollars plus a host of volunteers to provide this special experience for our children.

CovPD is asking for help to keep this program thriving and continuing to put smiles on children’s faces. If so inclined, please mail your donation to:

Caroline Darby’s Christmas Wish
PO Box 4074, Covington LA 70434
Questions: Contact Tammy Bushnell @ 985-892-8500 Opt 2

Boys & Girls Club of Southeast Louisiana – Covington Unit

boys and girls club

For the past 50 years, Boys & Girls Clubs of Southeast Louisiana has been a leading provider of afterschool and summer enrichment programs for at-risk youth. As an independent local 501(c)3 non-profit organization, Boys & Girls Clubs of Southeast Louisiana depends on the generosity of local partners, supporters and investors. Each is vital to the organization’s continued ability to save the lives of at-risk kids across southeast Louisiana.

This year the Boys & Girls Club of Covington has made adjustments and offered additional support to the community with financial relief to families in need, meals, well-being checks and virtual learning for the children. To learn more about how you can donate, sponsor or volunteer with the Boys & Girls Club, visit www.bgcsela.org or follow them on Facebook.

On Wednesday, November 11th, from 5:30-9:30pm, the 4th Annual event for Oxtoberfest, but the INAUGURAL Beer & Bites Crawl will take place at the Covington Trailhead and throughout downtown Covington, benefiting the Boys & Girls Club of Covington! Read more here: https://covingtonweekly.com/2020/10/26/oxtober-fest-beer-bites-crawl-in-downtown-covington-nov-11/

Children’s Advocacy Center – Hope House

Children’s Advocacy Center – Hope House is an independent, non-profit organization dedicated to ending the cycle of child abuse in our community.

This week is the last chance to support Hope House by donating toward your favorite Men Who Cook celebrity/restaurant team! Men Who Cook, sponsored by Cintas and the Brooke It Forward Foundation, is the primary annual fundraiser for Children’s Advocacy Center – Hope House. Campaign ends Sunday, November 8th. You could win a Dinsey getaway! All donations help CAC-Hope House fight child abuse and trafficking on the Northshore. Learn more here: https://www.cachopehouse.org/events/

Covington Rotary Club’s Feeding the Needy

Feeding the Needy was founded in 2002 by John Baldwin and Craig Babylon to provide food on Christmas day for families in need on the Northshore. The Covington Rotary Club was approached for support and special focus was put on providing food for the school children who, during the holidays, do not receive the meals they receive at school and depend on as their main source of nutrition.

Each year on December 23 and 24, volunteers from all over the area come together to prepare Christmas boxes that include a 14 to 16 pound cooked turkey with numerous side dishes and dessert. Each box has enough food to feed a family of four to five with larger families receiving additional boxes. Deliveries are made to families throughout the Northshore area including St. Tammany, Washington and Tangipahoa parishes. On Christmas morning, Rotarians and other community volunteers hand deliver the boxes to the homes of the identified families.

Besides the fundraising luncheon which is held on the Tuesday before Thanksgiving at the Briggs Assembly Center on St. Paul’s School campus, FTN relies heavily on financial donations. Because of the support from so many generous volunteers and strong partnerships, FTN is able to operate with minimal administrative costs. Donations for FTN are accepted year round. Learn more at the Covington Rotary Foundation’s website.

Northshore Humane Society – Adopt & Donate

Northshore Humane Society rescues thousands of neglected and abandoned animals each year. But we can’t do it alone. Together we can save even more!

For the price of a movie ticket, $13.90, you can provide food to an animal in need for an entire month. Together we can make Thanksgiving Day special for a homeless dog or cat. Your special gift will give an innocent animal the second chance and loving family they have always deserved.

View Northshore Humane Society’s Thanksgiving donation page here: www.northshorehumane.org/thanks

See NHS’s Adoptable Pets of the Week here: covingtonweekly.com/category/pet-of-the-week/

Local Events

Oxtober Fest Beer & Bites Crawl in Downtown Covington Nov 11

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On Wednesday, November 11th, from 5:30-9:30pm, the 4th Annual event for Oxtoberfest, but the INAUGURAL Beer & Bites Crawl will take place at the Covington Trailhead and throughout downtown Covington. Tickets are $75 and can be purchased online at www.oxtoberfest.org. (*Rain date is Thur, Nov 12th).

Tickets include small plate tastings and beer pairings at local downtown restaurant sidewalks including: Lola, OxLot 9, Del Porto, Seiler Bar, Cured on Columbia & Beck N Call. The Shack, Hoo Doo Ice cream, and Campbell’s coffee will also be serving up some favorites at the Trailhead as well. The evening kicks off at the Covington Trailhead for check-in and the first course at 5:30pm, and patrons can sidewalk crawl in any order to the other 6+ participating restaurants throughout downtown until 7:45 pm, where the evening will continue back at the Covington Trailhead for the dessert course and final beer pairing. At this final stop, patrons will enjoy live music by Jeff Cryer’s  Tribute to Motown, and a live auction beginning at 8pm. All proceeds benefit the Boys & Girls Club- Covington Unit and the event concludes at 9:30 pm.

While the Oxtoberfest Committee was disappointed to have to cancel their traditional beer fest in 2020 due to Covid-19 restrictions, they are excited for the opportunity to “pivot” and think outside the box, creating this exciting new event that supports both the local fine dining restaurants as well at the Covington Boys & Girls Club. Tickets must be purchased ahead of time and will be limited so that proper social distancing can take place. The outdoor, walkable concept allows for people to casually stroll and enjoy the fall weather and sights of downtown as they sample each participating restaurants “bites” and “beer pairings.”

Event chairs, Nick and Cody Ludwig, saw the opportunity to create something really fun for their community while also supporting restaurants in town who took a hit during the spring/summer by having to shut down or operate on to-go orders only saying, “There was no way we could lean on these restaurants for donations at this time, they have suffered enough. So instead of relying on traditional ways to put on an event, we figured we’d move the event to them and use sponsorship dollars to pay the restaurants while also earning funds for the Covington Boys & Girls Club (who also took a huge financial hit from Covid-19 by having to cancel 3 other fundraisers).”

“The Covington Boys & Girls Club changes futures of the youth in our community, it is incredibly important to Covington that they be able to keep their doors open and allow a safe place for kids to go after school, be able to attend summer camp, meet adult mentors and many other opportunities…Now more than ever, they need funding and we are more than happy to execute Oxtoberfest events that allow us to fundraise for them 4 years in a row and many more years to come,” Ludwig says. “We can’t wait to see everyone for this unique event!”

Sponsorships are still available, if you or your company have an auction item or room in your budget to support this great cause, please send info/inquiries to info@oxtoberfest.org

Follow event details and updates at facebook.com/theoxtoberfest

*Must have valid ID to obtain wristband and be 21 years of age to consume beer*

Pet of the Week

Adoptable Pet of the Week

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Northshore Humane Society’s Adoptable Pet of the Week:

Kim

Kim was adopted as a very small kitten, but after three years in a home, her owner became allergic to cats and reluctantly had to return her back to the shelter. Kim is a beautiful, longhair kitty who loves the company of humans, other felines and playing with her mice toys.

If you are interested in adopting Kim or any of the animals at Northshore Humane Society, visit northshorehumane.org today!

Pet of the Week

Adoptable Pet of the Week

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Northshore Humane Society’s Adoptable Pet of the Week

Dodger

Dodger was surrendered to Northshore Humane Society after the passing of his beloved owner. This gentle giant is house-trained, knows basic commands and walks well on a leash. At two years of age, he would make a great companion to an active couple of family! 

If you are interested in adopting Dodger or any of the adoptable pets at Northshore Humane Society, please visit northshorehumane.org or email rescue@nshumane.org.

Pet of the Week

Adoptable Pet of the Week

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Northshore Humane Society’s Adoptable Pet of the Week

Princess

Princess is a four-year-old kitty who was surrendered to Northshore Humane Society when her owners could no longer care for her. Her smushy face and excellent posture give her such a unique look!

You can usually find Princess on her favorite pillow, watching the hustle and bustle of the day. She’s a super sweet and affectionate kitty and is going to make a great best friend to someone special out there.

If you are interested in adopting Princess or any of the adoptable pets at Northshore Humane Society, please visit northshorehumane.org or email rescue@nshumane.org.

Pet of the Week

Adoptable Pet of the Week

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Northshore Humane Society’s Adoptable Pet of the Week

CC

CC is the longest resident pup at Northshore Humane Society and has been looking for a second chance for over a year! 

CC is a two-year-old large breed mix with a beautiful caramel coat and an awesome energy to match! She loves to run and play in the yard and most of all, give kisses and hugs! She is super smart and would make a great addition to an active couple or a family. Please consider giving her a home today! 

If you are interested in adopting CC or any of the adoptable pets at Northshore Humane Society, please visit northshorehumane.org or email rescue@nshumane.org.

UPDATE: CC has been adopted! Visit northshorehumane.org for more adoptable pets!

Pet of the Week

Adoptable Pet of the Week

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Northshore Humane Society’s Adoptable Pet of the Week

Shelly

Shelly is a three-year-old medium mix breed looking for a home at Northshore Humane Society. She’s an absolute sweetheart who loves all types of people and is especially fond of kids. Her favorite hobby is relaxing on the couch with her family after a day of fetching tennis balls. She’s going to make a great addition to any family! 

If you are interested in adopting Shelly or any of the adoptable pets at Northshore Humane Society, please visit northshorehumane.org or email rescue@nshumane.org.

Pet of the Week

Adoptable Pet of the Week

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Northshore Humane Society’s Adoptable Pet of the Week

Kitty Kat

Kitty Kat has lived her entire life as an outside, neighborhood cat. When she recently became very ill and stopped eating, a kind lady brought her to Northshore Humane Society. In addition to fleas and worms, it was revealed Kitty Kat is suffering from FeLV, an infection that worsens these symptoms.

The no-kill rescue is working its hardest to get Kitty Kat to a healthier state, but nothing would be better than a foster or adopted home. Please consider opening your home to this super sweet and affectionate girl. 

If you are interested in adopting Kitty Kat or any of the adoptable pets at Northshore Humane Society, please visit northshorehumane.org or email rescue@nshumane.org.

Pet of the Week

Adoptable Pet of the Week

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Northshore Humane Society’s Adoptable Pet of the Week

Ham

While searching for a pair of puppies reported on the side of the highway, Northshore Humane Society volunteers stumbled upon Ham and couldn’t leave him behind. This two-month-old kitten gets along with pups and kids and is going to make a great addition to any family! If you are interested in adopting Ham, call (985) 892-7387 x 2, email rescue@nshumane.org or visit northshorehumane.org.

Northshore Humane Society is one of Louisiana’s largest 501(c)(3) nonprofit animal welfare organizations serving the neglected and abandoned animals of the Northshore region since 1953. NHS is an independent, non-governmental rescue that offers veterinary care, fostering, adoption, and more. Go to www.northshorehumane.org to learn more!

Local Events Non Profit Spotlight

4th Annual NAMIWalks St. Tammany Goes Virtual

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For the past three years, NAMI St. Tammany has populated the beautiful Mandeville Lakefront with hundreds of walkers, showing support for mental health awareness, advocacy, and support, growing larger each year.

With the impacts of COVID-19, our daily lives and routines have been interrupted, leaving uncertainty, anxiety, added stress and often depression. Many individuals living with a mental illness are struggling to maintain their recovery while others are experiencing mental health symptoms for the first time. We are just beginning to see the impacts of COVID-19 on mental health. Now, more than ever, we want to show our community during the pandemic that “You are not alone.”

Unable to rally as usual this year, we have chosen to bring our 4th Annual NAMIWalks St. Tammany event to a virtual platform. On Saturday, October 10th, NAMI St. Tammany joins over 70 NAMIWalks virtual events across the country uniting for “A National Day of Hope” to show solidarity in our mission to increase awareness for mental health and recovery.

A Virtual Walk means you get to choose how you want to participate. How do you practice self-care? Take a walk around your neighborhood, share your story on social media, or host a virtual yoga party. Get creative to show your advocacy and support.

We invite everyone to join us, wherever you are, to remind our community that mental health matters and resources are available to help. Together we will continue to work toward our goal of #MentalHealthforAll.

Saturday, October 10th – NAMIWalks St. Tammany Online

Register for free or donate at: www.namiwalks.org/sttammany.
For more information, call (985)626-6538 or email walks@namisttammany.org

To learn more about NAMI St. Tammany, the resources we provide to the community, or to get involved, visit our website at namisttammany.org.

Local News Non Profit Spotlight

NHS Rescues Homeless Animals in Hurricane’s Path

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On Wednesday, August 26th Northshore Humane Society’s disaster response team is rescuing approximately 20 animals from the possible path of Hurricane Laura’s 100 + mph wind and rain. The no-kill shelter is dubbing the rescue “Operation: A New Rhode Home.” Pointe Coupee Parish Animal Services, located in New Rhodes, LA primarily houses dogs in outside kennels making them more prone to the weather. The goal is to get them out of the elements and into temporary foster homes by the end of the day.

A team of NHS staff and volunteers will transport the 20+ animals from Pointe Coupee and bring them to safe haven at its rescue located in Covington, LA. Each animal will be seen by the vet and given a bath before going into foster.

Northshore Humane Society is asking for the community’s help with donations and fostering.

Each of the dogs rescued will receive full medical care, food and shelter until their forever families are found. A donation page has been set up on the shelter’s website at northshorehumane.org or you can text “Disaster10″ or “Disaster25” to (985) 273-5560 to enter payment info and make a one-time donation on your cell phone.

As a no-kill rescue, kennel space is limited. If you are able to open your home temporarily to one of these dogs, NHS is asking that you simply visit the rescue located at 20384 Harrison Ave. in Covington starting Wednesday, August 26th at 2:00 PM. COVID protocol will continue, allowing groups of five people to view dogs at a time.

For more information, please follow Northshore Humane Society Facebook page!

Northshore Humane Society is one of Louisiana’s largest non-profit, no-kill animal welfare organizations. Since 1953, NHS has been serving the unwanted, neglected, abandoned, and abused animals of the Gulf Coast Region. NHS is an independent, non-governmental facility that relies on donations from the community in order to offer veterinary care, foster, and adoption services.  

Pet of the Week

Adoptable Pet of the Week

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Northshore Humane Society’s Adoptable Pet of the Week

Xander

Xander is a two-year-old pup who came into Northshore Humane Society after being found homeless. His front paw is either from an old break or something he’s had since birth and shouldn’t require surgery or amputation. Xander is a lovable, outgoing guy who loves scratches on the butt, giving slobbery kisses and jumping from lap to lap. If you are interested in adopting Xander, call (985) 892-7387 x 2, email rescue@nshumane.org or visit northshorehumane.org.

Northshore Humane Society is one of Louisiana’s largest 501(c)(3) nonprofit animal welfare organizations serving the neglected and abandoned animals of the Northshore region since 1953. NHS is an independent, non-governmental rescue that offers veterinary care, fostering, adoption, and more. Go to www.northshorehumane.org to learn more!

Pet of the Week

Adoptable Pet of the Week

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Northshore Humane Society’s Adoptable Pet of the Week

Charlie

Charlie is Northshore Humane Society’s longest feline resident and still looking for a forever home! This four-year-old tuxedo kitty was left behind when his owner moved. Charlie is an outgoing, affectionate cat who loves anyone he meets! He gets along great with other kitties and is going to make a great addition to any family out there! If you are interested in adopting Charlie, call (985) 892-7387 x 2, email rescue@nshumane.org or visit northshorehumane.org.

Northshore Humane Society is one of Louisiana’s largest 501(c)(3) nonprofit animal welfare organizations serving the neglected and abandoned animals of the Northshore region since 1953. NHS is an independent, non-governmental rescue that offers veterinary care, fostering, adoption, and more. Go to www.northshorehumane.org to learn more!

Local Events Non Profit Spotlight

STAA Announces New Exhibit Opening August 22nd

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Covington, LA – St. Tammany Art Association (STAA) presents a new exhibition, “The Space Between: Sculpture by Rick Brunner and Jonathan Pellitteri”. The exhibit will be on display August 22 through September 26, 2020 in the Miriam Barranger Gallery of the Arthouse with an opening reception on Saturday, August 22 at 5pm – 8pm. Due to COVID-19 gathering restrictions, guests to the reception are required to register in advance for timed tickets to ensure limited attendance and adequate space for social distancing. These free timed tickets can be obtained by visiting the STAA website at www.sttammany.art

“The Space Between” will feature sculptural works by nationally and internationally recognized artists, Rick Brunner and Jonathan Pellitteri. The show’s title sets out to create a question for the viewer, “What happens in the space between the artwork and the viewer in a gallery setting? Both Brunner and Pellitteri address this question in their work using objects from nature manipulated with man-made materials. Both artists bring a mixture of form and concept, antiquity and modern, energy and stillness to their work. The way each artist deals with the issue of space in finished works both differs and overlaps. For Brunner, Nature itself is the designer, and he seeks to pull forms from the environment and enhance its inherent beauty with his own intuitive skills as a woodworker and sculptor, thus engaging the audience to look at nature through a new set of lenses created by the artist. Pellitteri draws the audience into intricate spaces, combining miniature and life size objects that are themselves narratives on environment and nature. The artist states “With the objects I create I impart to the viewer a setting for their imagination to expand upon, informed by their own experiences, and guided by curiosity.”

New Orleans native, Rick Brunner was introduced to woodworking by his father who was an engineer and to art by his mother through her regular investigations of a variety of media which allowed him to explore and discover his own talents. His passion for creating three-dimensional objects as a boy coupled with the culturally rich influences of growing up in South Louisiana led him to explore the world of fine art. Growing up around the swampy woods and investigating the natural world around him was a valuable resource for stimulation and allowed the luxury of fantasy which has continued to inspire much of his work. After receiving his master’s degree in sculpture at the University of Notre Dame, he returned to the South and opened a studio in Baton Rouge. With a trained eye for sculpture and a deep appreciation for wood, Rick also learned the craft of furniture making and incorporated it into his professional work. His sculpture and furniture have been exhibited across the country in both regional and national level art galleries and museums, as well as included in major art collections both nationally and internationally.

Currently, he works out of his north shore studio, a timber frame style studio made from local trees, which he built himself and considers his “finest sculpture”.

Jonathan Pellitteri is an artist based in Charlotte, North Carolina. His studio practice focuses on sculptural objects that combine an appreciation for craft with a curiosity for materials, and a desire to tell stories.

Pellitteri was raised outside of Boston where he was introduced to the construction trades that have weighed heavily on his approach to art-making. Since leaving his native New England, Pellitteri has lived and worked in North Carolina, Louisiana, North Dakota, Italy, and Switzerland. Each place has had an enormous impact on the materials, techniques, and imagery found in his work. Pellitteri’s artwork has been shown in numerous museums and galleries throughout the United States and parts of Europe, it is included in many public, private, and corporate collections.

Online video interviews with the artists in their studios discussing their work will be featured throughout the exhibition period. For more details check STAA’s Facebook page and website, www.sttammany.art for links.

The St. Tammany Art Association is located at 320 N. Columbia Street, Covington, LA 70433. Our current gallery hours are Fridays and Saturdays, 11am – 4pm. All exhibitions are free and open to the public unless otherwise indicated.

St. Tammany Art Association is supported by the generosity of our members, volunteers, sponsors and by a grant from the Louisiana Division of the Arts, Office of Cultural Development, Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism, in cooperation with the Louisiana State Arts Council, and as administered by the St. Tammany Commission on Cultural Affairs, St. Tammany Parish Government. Funding has also been provided by the National Endowment for the Arts, Art Works.